Great Job, Internet!: Read This: Kenner’s abandoned 1985 Star Wars toy line

Earlier this week, Entertainment Weekly released exclusive stills from The Force Awakens and a black X-Wing fighter could clearly be seen in the background. It’s no secret that J.J. Abrams and his crew have been mining existing artwork from the late Ralph McQuarrie for character designs and concepts, but the stealth X-Wing fighter owes quite a bit to Kenner’s abandoned Star Wars toy line for ’85-’86.

By 1985, interest in Star Wars was waning. George Lucas was burnt out and a new crop of toys were saturating the market: G.I. Joe, Transformers, and some kids even accidentally got Go-Bots from their clueless grandmother. It’s hard to imagine now, but even with Saturday morning cartoons Droids and Ewoks, the continuing Marvel Comics series, and two made-for-television Ewok movies, nobody really cared about Star Wars anymore. The Star Wars faithful were a long way from Admiral …

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